Originally Posted by karljrberno
1. Do I take my wort out of fridge and let it warm to room temp allong with the yeast ?
2. Do I keep my wort in the fridge and keep my yeast in the fridge and pitch cold ?
Pitch cold. Always!
Just like for an ale, you don't pitch at 90 and then reduce it to 70, you don't want to pitch 20 degrees too warm for a lager either!
Pitching warm causes all sorts of problems with the flavor, because it's hard to drop 5 gallons of fermenting beer to the correct temperature quickly plus some of the esters and other unwanted flavors are formed in the first 24 hours.